Wednesday, September 30, 2009


So Hayden has this King of Kings festival at his school, which is new this year. The past years it has been a Nursery Rhyme festival. Well, I volunteered to help make these paper mache knights. How hard could it be? I mean I paper mache'd when I was little. I don't remember being stressed out over it then.

Well, me and Angelina, another mom, blow up our baloons. We start taping on the arms, legs and plumes - pop! Several times this happened. Then it happened when we got the first layer of paper mache on them! Ok, so we finally get three done. Now let me tell you about the paper mache mix. Angelina read we would need a thicker mix for living in a humid area. Fine, it worked. It was just thicker and a little messier. Next morning those things were still not dry. Did I tell you I'm not the smartest cupcake in the batch when it comes to paper mache? I get the bright idea to put them outside so they will dry faster. Bad bad mistake. When I got home later in the day, the casualty rate had increased. Ok, so now I am in tears. I am screaming at Brett because we are leaving to go to Louisiana the next day. I have to make three new forms and still have to put about 4 layers on each. I am feeling the pressure. Well, I go to Louisiana anyway, as you can see by the lo below. Yes, it was good to get away from my "knight"mare for a few days.

When we returned home, I went to work putting those layers on three new knights. Only this one stayed perfectly formed, lol. The other two have collapsed areas, but that is just tough. Anyway, Angelina came over yesterday to help dress the knights. However, she informs me that she has no artist ability and this was all up to me. Ok, so now you tell me Angelina! She was great at holding them still for me while I dressed them, a great glue applier and foam cutter. Thank you Angelina.

Hayden is proudly displaying a knight for you, but he says it looks more like a ninja. I really don't care. All I hope is that they make it through the next two days as kids from 2 to 5 throw balls at them. After that, if these don't live, it is up to the next sucker mom to volunteer to make more next year. All I know, is I wont be there! My next knight that I see better be handsome and flesh and blood. :D

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Ok, is that a scary hint for ya? Yes, you got it!! This is going to be a fiber challenge!!! I have heard that using fibers is something a lot of us just don't know how to use on a lo. I was inspired by Sherry's book for this, but I won't give you any hints about it. You'll just have to buy it!! LOL

What I want you to do is get creative!! I don't care how you use them but I want some fibers on your lo's, card or altered item!! I will give you a $20 gift certificate to any online scrapstore of your choosing if you win!!

To play along come to A Million Memories and post your lo in this thread

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A little Halloween project using Nikki Sivils' Boo-tiful papers

This was quick, easy and a lot of fun to make!! Her black paper with the little ghosts at the bottom were just perfect for this! I also love how cute her little pumpkins look along the fence line. Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

You say "What is this?"

Ok, so I married a coonass from Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana. I have learned a lot in the last "almost" twenty years that I have been with my dear hubby Brett. Five and a half years ago we brought our sweet loving little boy into the world. Since then it has been my husband's quest to show him what life is like growing up as a good ol' Cajun boy. Brett's little brother built a camp for hunting (as you do down there in the bayou). Now to move it to your desired spot along the bayou it takes a long time. This weekend was the chosen time. It took about five hours or more to slowly move this camp down the bayou.

I wasn't expecting anything but to be bored. However, it was serene and a lot of fun. We cooked and ate and had a good ol' time. I actually had a good time, and so did Hayden. Although it had been a long day, Brett and I took Hayden back out on the bayou at night. I so wanted him to see it that way. I had only been out once at night, and I will never forget the experience. The wildlife was amazing. Well, our adventure wasn't the same in regards to the wildlife. They were nowhere to be seen. I think it was still to early in the year for this. However, there were tons of alligators. The time I went out I only saw eyes. This time we saw the whole thing. Yes, they were just babies, but still just as menacing! I would not want that four to five foot creature taking a nip at me.

So anyway, this is the camp that Uncle Brandon (aka Bro) and Uncle Jeffrey (cousin) built. We had a wonderful time - me oh my, out on the bayou....

E.A.D. Blog Hop!!

Sorry to be posting this late! At home with my five year-old throwing up. I hate when my baby is sick. I feel so helpless. :(

Anyway, I wanted to post this lo I recently did using these amazing rub-ons from E.A.D. Designs They are so easy to use. I used these more elegant rub-ons so you could see the variety that they have in their store. Check out the other projects that the other girls have done as well. Just look to the right, and you should see the E.A.D. Design's creative team! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wanna Win Some Pebbles Chips?

We want to see your crafting space! Take a quick snapshot of your crafting space AS IS and email it to us at lindsay {at} reader with the MESSIEST space will WIN one of each (all 12!) of our Pebbles Chips!!

This is a *quick* contest! Contest closes Sunday night (or before I get to the office on Monday morning!) and the winner of the contest-slash-crafter with the messiest work space will be announced Monday afternoon!

Oh...and no making your crafting space messier than it already is! Ha! Play fair! :)

Post your pic here

LOL, it is a good thing the design team can not enter - I would SURELY win!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dreamgirls Challenge #36: First Impressions

Have you ever read a book, and after reading the first line in the first chapter you've thought OMG this book is going to be captivating. I have to finish it tonight, the plot is so intriguing, who did it? Well this challenge we want you to create a layout that captures that first line.

Prompt: "First Impressions" - Using the first line of a book - eg: Jane Austin's Pride and Predjuice "IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife
Product: Paper with words on it
Technique: Paint washing - watered down paint to create a sutble paint effect.

We cannot we to see what you create, thank you all for participating in our challenges! Come play along at

Monday, September 14, 2009

A little DT work and a little play!

I rarely take the time to do Prima's Build a Page Sketch, but I just got my kit from Swirlydoo's with tons of Prima goodness inside. I just had to go ahead and do it this month. While I was up there in my scrap room, I threw this together for Graphic 45 using the Renaissance Faire collection. These two papers are my utmost favorite from that line. Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Scrapbook Emebellishment Handbook

I recently won this fabulous book by Sherry Stevenson. Honestly, I would have purchased it anyway!! Since we are being honest here, I have to say I was skeptical that I would actually learn anything. I purchase scrap books and magazines to be inspired by the lo's, not so much by the techniques. As far as techniques go (other than mixed media), I thought I was pretty abreast of them all. How WRONG could I be. Seriously, in the first couple of pages I was seeing things that I had never thought of trying. Believe me, I have other scrappers tell how creative I am in ideas.

Not that I am an old dog when it comes to scrapping because I've only been scrapping about 2 1/2 years now. However, I am a sponge and have soaked up everything I thought I possibly could. Again, WRONG!! This book actually surprised me. Yes, the work is fabulous - as I expected. Still I didn't expect to be wowed by new ideas.

In this book Sherry and the other artists take your normal, even hum-drum scrap supplies and make them extraordinary. Is it possible? Yes, that brad, button, chipboard... can be something very special! I can't wait to try some of these cool ideas. I almost feel guilty like I would be stealing, but hey, that's why Sherry wrote the book!!

Friday, September 11, 2009


Well, I am guessing you thought I was talking to my son or husband. In this case it is the cat!!! This is a constant battle of wills between the two of us. I know he just wants to be with me, so I am always sure to give him a little kiss on the head before I pat his little rump off. I have to say this is getting to a constant annoyance. I wish he'd just get his own dang computer and leave mine alone!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Twisted Sketch #14

Come along an play with us!! Anam's sketches are so awesome. I always love seeing the different takes on them! Here is mine. Oh, and don't forget you can play along here

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

E.A.D. Designs Blog Hop Today!!!

Well, I am following suit. Normally we have our blog hop on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Did you know there are only 3 Tuesdays this month. Technically this is the first Tuesday, but what the heck, you're getting the blog hop anyway!! :D Now on with the show, and I have to say I just adore this cute little cottage rub-on from E.A.D. Designs. Isn't it just the cutest?! I used some of my Basic Grey June Bug papers for it, and I love how this little card turned out. Please join us in our blog hop. You can find the link to the rest of the creative team's blogs to the right. You can also find the link to the E.A.D. Designs' blog there as well. Go check out their cute scrapbook acrylic rub-ons. They are fabulous!! P.S. Hee,hee I was just told that the 1st was a Tuesday - Someone should teach me how to read a calendar!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

My Slide Show

Well I thought it was time to add it to my blog. Often I try to pinpoint whether I have a certain style or not. I look at my lo's, and I definitely say no. I just love every style. I have mixed my lo's for viewing. You may see some that are not that great. I have included lo's that are a from a few months from when I started scrapping in my slide. Can you tell which ones they are? :D I had fun doing this slide. I so hope you enjoy looking at my work. LOL, even if it is to say "heck, I can do better than that". Tomorrow I will be posting a new post. I just had to write about how much fun I had loading up my older work tonight. :) Have a great night, day... wherever you may be. Hugs, Susan

Sunday, September 6, 2009

So flattered!

Ok, it literally blows my mind when someone that is a way better scrapper either says they admire my work or "even" has me on their list of blogs of people that inspire them. At CHA, I was so honored to meet people that were "names", and they would tell me that they liked my work or had heard of me.

Well, occasionally I check to see who visits my blog on my feed. There was a link that came from my friend Steph Devlin, who is this AMAZING scrapper. I just happened to look on her inspiration list, and there I was!!! MEEEEE!! Under her blog!! She will never know how that makes me feel. You rock girl!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Helping a Friend Out... AUCTION!!!!

I am on Anum Stubbington's DT for Twisted Sketches. Some of you might recognize her work from Prima, as she is on their awesome DT! She is holding an auction to raise money. Check the details here (there is also a video showing the goodies up for auction) Anyway here is her story:

back to the legal deal

now that life has 'calmed' down slightly, we're back to stressing about the current state of our Permanent residency Visa - you can read the whole back story *here* - we have been trying to get the little bit of paper that lets us live here in Canada for the rest of our lives as we love living here and our kids love it here.

so basically we need to raise $6,000 (Canadian) by the end of September (we’ve managed to get some more time to raise the funds), we’ve already personally raised $2,000 ourselves by selling our shares and a few other things so we’re asking for some help for the last part as we have exhausted all the legal options options to us (and no, illegal options are not even worth contemplating)

I know it sounds awfully selfish and I hate asking because I feel we should be able to do it on our own but the truth and reality is that we cannot and basically if we don’t raise the fees, we will be deported as there is no way we can afford to go back to the UK on our own as the flights themselves are $5K and life is the UK for us would suck big time.

I will be putting up details in a minute about a fund raising Crop that Treasured Memories are putting on for me - because they are awesome and then over the next few weeks I will be selling handmade items on etsy and holding some silent auctions to try and raise the rest of the fees. I am not asking for money for nothing, i will be offered my skills and love to anyone who can help us. and We will be informing everyone of any news as it happens.

I am very grateful for the friendships I have, and am already humbled by the generosity of my friends as they have already started to donate such beautiful items and services to allow us the chance of moving forward. If you would like to donate an item, a skill, a layout or anything for the silent auctions, please let me know as I am useless at asking.

I have been asked to add a paypal donate button to my blog for people who would like help. While I am slightly weirded out by doing so - everyone knows me and how uncomfortable i get about asking for stuff for myself personally - sometimes there are no other options.

Please don’t feel you must help, donate or such like as we are grateful to be here as it is, we are trying all angles to raise the funds and basically it have come down to this that I am reaching out to my friends in the Scrapbook world for help. Even just words of encouragement and support is gratefully appreciated.

I hope you can find the time to stroll through all of the items up for auction! Thanks for helping out!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Want to learn how to make a cool shabby chic frame?

Well my lovely friend Lucy Edson is giving a free class at A Million Memories. Come check it out!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dreamgirls Challenge #35 Is Up!! It's Not Easy Being Green!

Here is my take on the challenge. We had to use packaging, a tree, and our journaling had to be on notebook paper. Come play along!